How to Safely Move a Baby Grand Piano

Moving a baby grand piano is a delicate and complex task that requires careful planning and execution to ensure the safety of the instrument and those involved. It’s highly recommended to hire professional piano movers who have the expertise and equipment needed for a safe relocation. However, if you still prefer to move the piano yourself, here are some general guidelines:

1 – Gather Supplies

  • Moving dolly with straps
  • Furniture blankets or padding
  • Packing tape
  • Screwdriver (for removing piano legs, if necessary


2 – Prepare the Piano:

  • Remove all music sheets, accessories, or items from the piano.
  • Lock the piano lid to prevent it from opening during the move.
  • If the piano has removable legs, carefully remove them.


3 – Protect the Piano:

  • Wrap the entire piano in furniture blankets or padding, securing them with packing tape. Pay special attention to the corners and edges.
  • Use additional padding to protect the piano’s keyboard cover and pedals.


4 – Secure the Piano to a Dolly:

  • Carefully lift one side of the piano and slide the dolly underneath.
  • Secure the piano to the dolly using straps. Make sure the straps are tight and provide additional support.


5 – Plan the Route:

  • Plan the path you will take to move the piano, making sure it’s clear of obstacles.
  • Measure doorways, hallways, and staircases to ensure the piano can pass through without any issues.


6 – Enlist Help:

  • Moving a baby grand piano is a three-person or more job. Make sure you have enough people to assist with the move.


7 – Move Slowly and Carefully:

  • When moving the piano, do so slowly and with great care. Avoid sudden movements or jerks that could damage the instrument.


8 – Stairs

  • If you have to navigate stairs, extreme caution is needed. Consider hiring professionals if stairs are involved, as this significantly increases the risk of injury and damage.


9 – Loading and Unloading:

  • When loading the piano onto a truck, use a ramp or lift gate if available. When unloading, reverse the process.
  • Secure the piano inside the truck to prevent shifting during transit.


10 – Climate Control:

  • Avoid exposing the piano to extreme temperature or humidity changes during the move. Keep the piano protected from the elements.


Remember, moving a baby grand piano is a challenging task, and professional movers have the experience and equipment to handle it safely. If possible, consider hiring experts to ensure the well-being of both the piano and those involved in the move. Feel free to Call or Text us at 704-778-3001 and get a free quote for your next piano move. You can also submit an online quote request and have a Move Coordinator reach out to you.


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